Francis Murphy had a profound effect on everyone he met
The untimely death of well-known Curracloe man Francis Murphy at the age of 49 has left a big void in the lives of his family and friends.
Francis of Ballinamorragh, C urracloe passed away on March 10, following a courageous battle with illness.
A son of John and Mary Murphy, Francis is surived by his wife Celine (nee Mahoney) whom he married in 1990; by his daughter Shauna who was his princess and his son Jack, his 'right hand man'.
His passing is also deeply regretted by his brothers and sisters, Sean, Amy, Agnes, Helen, Jacinta, Enda, James, Paul, Robert and Alice.
Francis's home in Ballinamorragh was a magnet for his extended family. You were always sure of a warm welcome and some of Francis's cooking whenever you visited.
His passing came as a big shock to his immediate and extended family, his wide circle of friends and acquaintances and his colleagues in Celtic Linen where he spent 26 happy years.
Born in 1965, the Curracloe man attended the local national school and the CBS secondary school in Wexford town.
In his teenage years, when not in school, he could be found enjoying the craic with his brothers, sisters and friends at the Winning Post, in Moore's carnival and on Curracloe beach.
He worked for a period with Denis Cloney in Curracloe before starting his career in Celtic Linen where he was to remain until his illness intervened in 2013. He was never one to stray too far from Curracloe. Although he enjoyed annual family holidays abroad and was planning to celebrate his 50th birthday with a bike trip across Route 66 in the U.S., his roots were firmly planted in Curracloe.
Francis played an active part in his local community and was involved in church and village activities.
He always had a caring and 'can do' approach to life and was inevitably the one that everyone turned to in times of trouble - whether it was a broken down car, a leaking pipe or even Christmas lights that wouldn't work.
He enjoyed the best of both worlds with his family life in Curracloe and his work life in Celtic Linen.
He had many interests and when he took something on, he took it on with a passion, whether it was his cooking, his motor bike, his music or his photography.
His varied interests brought him into many different circles and the huge attendance at his funeral was a testament to the positive impact he had on the lives of so many.
The true test of Francis's character was his courageous battle with the illness which struck him in July 2013.
He adopted a positive attitude and was optimistic about his chances of recovery but sadly this was not to be the case.
Following a six week stay at St Vincent's Hospital Francis returned to his home in Curracloe on February 25 where he passed away peacefully on March 10, surrounded by all his family.
His passing had a profound impact on everyone whose lives he touched in his own all too short life.
There are few people you meet with 'bigger than life' characteristics – Francis was one of them.
He embraced all the good things and opportunities that life presented and bravely stood up to and fought the challenges that his illness brought.
He will be deeply missed by everyone, including his 36 nieces and nephews to whom he was their 'special uncle.'
Francis's Months Mind Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret's Church, Curracloe on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.